November 2015

Applications are now open for the
Pan Pan International Mentorship and Bursary programme

Application deadline: 5pm Thursday 19th November 2015

For more details on the programme and how to apply, a downloadable PDF is available HERE

Thanks to a grant from the Arts Council’s Theatre Artist Development Scheme, Pan Pan has engaged Stewart Laing, director and designer for theatre and opera, and Artistic Director of Untitled Projects to work as a mentor with theatre and performance makers based in Ireland to develop early-stage projects.

‘Untitled Projects makes ambitious and adventurous theatre on a large scale.  We embrace taking risks, and in doing so we surprise and challenge our audience. We continually re-imagine what theatre can be: blending landscape, biography, 
novel, video, lecture, documentary, installation, interview, fashion, music, science and playwriting. Rooted in Scotland, we pride ourselves in a far-reaching international outlook.’

The main focus of the International Mentorship and Bursary programme is for theatre and performance makers to buy time to work on an idea in its early development stages, outside of the pressures of production. In addition to having four meetings with Stewart in Dublin, each of the five selected participants will receive a bursary of €2,000 to help them set aside dedicated time to work on their ideas. We are also able to offer some travel subsidy to help them see relevant work internationally. The engagement of the mentor is aimed to pose challenges and interrogations to the ideas in development within a supportive structure.

This is the fourth year of the International Mentorship programme, which Pan Pan initiated in 2012. Previous mentors were Kirsten Delholm of Hotel Pro Forma, Viviane De Muynck of Needcompany and Tim Crouch. The programme is a way of re-engaging with the legacy of the Dublin International Theatre Symposium that Pan Pan ran from 1997-2001 – an event where theatre and performance makers were at the core, and engaging and learning from each other was a key focus.

Photo by Peter Holliday

A life of unending misery in a world devoid of God, now that’s funny.

In All That Fall, Beckett’s first radio play, we encounter Maddy Rooney in her seventies – unsightly, ungainly and unwell – laboriously to-ing and fro-ing between her home and Boghill Station. This is a landscape whose details are drawn from the Foxrock and Leopardstown of Beckett’s youth, but which may now exist solely in Maddy’s mind.

All That Fall is a multi-layered composition of voices that can be experienced as a black comedy, a murder mystery, a cryptic literary riddle or a quasi-musical score, but gains from being experienced in Pan Pan’s uniquely atmospheric, theatrically tuned listening chamber.

We are delighted to bring All That Fall to the Abbey Theatre.

Winner of Best Lighting and Sound Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2011 & Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival 2013.


‘Gavin Quinn’s radical production goes further in honoring the spirit of Beckett’s wish, situating the play in the realm of pure imagination.’ The New York Times

‘Beckett wanted the play “to come out of the dark”, and Gavin Quinn’s intriguing installation-style production for Pan Pan Theatre delivers just that…. There are no live actors, only voices (and sound and lighting effects), but it always feels bleatingly alive.’
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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Photo by Ros Kavanagh

BRAVE NEW WORLD at Theater Bonn, Halle Beuel
Adapted for the stage from Aldous Huxley’s novel.
As part of Save The World II Festival Pan Pan and Theater Bonn present a version of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

1932 saw the publication of one of the most important utopian novels of the 20th century: a perfidiously seductive vision of the future, the construction of a paradise in which happiness is administered like a drug. Sex and conspicuous consumption are rampant, and human reproduction is organized via industrial methods. At the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre people get cloned by the dozen through the Bokanovsky process and conditioned according to their class by emotional engineering. Envy, mourning and suffering have been abolished, and any remaining unforeseen emotional hick-ups are dealt with through soma – a drug sending the stressed person straight into nirvana. Everything seems under control. Everything is cared for. It’s the best of all possible worlds – until someone looks under the surface and discovers a bottomless pit of arrogance and nastiness. And, lo and behold, like every paradise this one only exists as long as everybody believes in it. There are three unconventional lost souls who cannot bear to live “happily” without freedom any longer – who simply cease to believe.

Directed by Gavin Quinn
Designed by Aedín Cosgrove
Music / Sound Design by Si Schroeder
Performances until February 2016
Photo by Thilo Beu
Check out Brave New World’s video on Vimeo
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